School will help create a centre of excellence

A county high school is on course to create a centre of excellence in physical education teacher training.

Ashington High School Sports College has been named the governing body for the North East Partnership PE SCITT, which specialises in the delivery of practical teacher training using a school-centred model for physical education.

From September, Ashington High School will work closely with John Spence Community High School, the Associate Lead School, and 30 other schools in eight local authorities across the region which make up the partnership, to train the next generation of PE teachers.

Helen Ostell, programme leader for the North East Partnership, based at Ashington High School Sports College, said: “We believe that taking over the governance of the PE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (PE SCITT) programme will provide us with a lot more flexibility to develop a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for the training of PE teachers in the north east of England.”

“In addition to continuing to bid for a core allocation of places we will be able to bid for School Direct places on behalf of our partnership schools and act as the Accredited Provider for schools in the area,” she added.

The North East Partnership PE SCITT was rated as outstanding in every category by Ofsted in November of last year, and more recently the partnership has been identified as the Top Secondary SCITT in the country in the Smithers Good Teacher Training Guide.